Trump connects Kavanaugh confirmation to midterm elections

Trump connects Kavanaugh confirmation to midterm elections
© Getty

President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE was quick to connect Justice Brett Kavanaugh's acrimonious Supreme Court confirmation process to the stakes in the upcoming midterm elections.

Trump made the connection at a campaign-style rally in Topeka, Kan., and celebrated Kavanaugh's confirmation.

“I stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation, our people and our beloved Constitution. Just a few hours ago the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court,” he said.


“In their quest for power, the radical Democrats have turned into an angry mob. You saw that today with the screaming and the shouting … They threw aside every notion of fairness, of justice, of decency and of due process. Nobody’s ever seen anything like it,” Trump said.

Kavanaugh’s nomination took partisanship in the Senate to new heights and his confirmation process was thrown into turmoil after three women went public with sexual misconduct allegations against him from when he was in high school and college.

Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week and issued a fiery denial of the accusations, suggesting they were a planned “smear” as part of the Democrats’ “revenge on behalf of the Clintons.” 

The president said the Democrats’ alleged involvement was proof Republicans needed to turn out in the midterm elections.

“But each of you will have the chance in just four weeks to render a verdict of the Democrats’ conduct at the ballot box. On Nov. 6 you will have a chance to stop the radical Democrats … by electing a Republican House and a Republican Senate. We will increase our majorities. We need more Republicans. We need more Republicans. Over the past few weeks, every American has now seen the profound stakes in the upcoming elections,” he said. 

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonist, and you don’t hand power to an angry left-wing mob, and that’s what they’ve become. The Democrats have become too extreme and too dangerous to govern. Republicans believe in the rule of law, not the rule of the mob,” Trump added.

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh by a 50-48 margin, the slimmest for a Supreme Court nominee in over a century. Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Senate Dems lose forced vote against EPA power plant rule Schumer seeks focus on health care amid impeachment fever MORE (W.Va.), who finds himself in a tough reelection race, was the only Democrat to vote for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.